Be Prepared

Be Prepared

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A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781626724457
1626724458
9781626724440
162672444X
9780606411042
0606411046
Branch Call Number: J BROSGOL GRAPHIC NOVEL COLL
Characteristics: 244 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Longstreth, Alec - Colorist

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ArapahoeIrinaB Jun 27, 2019

Controversial graphic novel about a Russian-American girl and her brother attending a summer camp. Surrounded with many complications the girl struggles with her socializing and finding any possible comfort in her new adventure.

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ArapahoeIrinaB Jun 28, 2019

Controversial graphic novel about a Russian-American girl and her brother attending a summer camp. Surrounded with many complications (different culture, unsettled life, unfriendly environment (co-campers)) the girl struggles with her socializing, awkward relationships, attempts of making friends... Read More »

Vera's excited about going to summer camp like her friends. Her experience turns out to be different than expected since her camp is for children of Russian ancestry to learn about Russian history and culture. A great coming-of-age story about wanting to fit in, finding friends and yourself.

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ArapahoeSarahD Nov 28, 2018

A young Russian American girl is finding it difficult to fit in. Fortunately, or so she thinks, her mother has found an all-Russian camp that is sure to be different. Right?

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ArapahoeKara Jul 11, 2018

A cute, semi-autobiographical tale of a girl trying to fit in at Russian summer camp that captures all the awkwardness of adolescence and the desire for acceptance from your peers. Tweens will relate and see themselves in this excellent graphic novel.


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Mslm
Jan 10, 2020

This was so funny. I really felt like i was transported in the story. I felt so sad about her birthday party. I suggest it to people who like graphic novels and who enjoy raina telgemeiers work.

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thatdamncatlady
Nov 22, 2019

Graphic novel that ensures that the reader is sympathetic/empathetic (depending on you, the reader) but also laugh or smile as this young girl physically and emotionally grapples with fitting in, how to put up a tent, and sleep on the ground out in a forest for the first time. Loved it.

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white_cheetah_205
Sep 05, 2019

This book is an intriguing comedic experience!
I love how the this book includes Russian words, and the characters made me really enjoy the story!
Go, Babushka girl!

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TamaraDollinger
Jul 08, 2019

Be Prepared is a very well done book. It is interesting to see what the girl, Vera thinks about sleep away camp. Some parts of the book are quite funny. The book is very well drawn, and is hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book, and thought it was very good.

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bitagold
Jul 03, 2019

This graphic novel is about the life of a russian girl who wants to go to russian camp because she thinks everyone will be like her. Later on in the story, she figures out that everyone in camp have known each other since kindergarten. Dan Dan Dan...

ArapahoeIrinaB Jun 28, 2019

Controversial graphic novel about a Russian-American girl and her brother attending a summer camp. Surrounded with many complications (different culture, unsettled life, unfriendly environment (co-campers)) the girl struggles with her socializing, awkward relationships, attempts of making friends and finding any possible comfort in her new adventure.

Vilka May 18, 2019

Funny, charmingly-drawn, realistic coming-of-age story about a Russian-American girl who feels like the odd one out in her neighborhood--too nerdy, too poor, too ethnic--so when she hears about a summer scout camp for Russian kids (just like her!), she begs to go. Things don't turn out the way she imagined, but it's an entertaining and extremely relatable ride to her personal growth through this experience. Strongly recommended for anyone from middle graders to adults!

IndyPL_AnnaL May 09, 2019

This is a great graphic novel that has realistic views on what it is like when you go away to camp. I thought about my time at girl scout camp throughout the entire book and though mine wasn't as traumatic as Vera's, I certainly wrote about wanting to come home the first week I was there. The book is based on the author's own time at summer camp and it definitely feels like a real camp experience.

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The_Zookeeper
Mar 25, 2019

What a cute story and fantastic art.

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ellenmargaret1953
Mar 03, 2019

Oh my gosh -- from the letter home to mom on the first page -- "Dear Mom, could you pick me up as soon as you get this? Please! I'm desperate" to last page, you will laugh out loud and cringe and sigh as we all have had similar experiences at sometime in our life. The tale of the camp is so real that it brought back my own memories of the tents, bats, poison ivy, and eventually measles when I went away to Girl Scout Camp. Remember the song? Hello, mudder, hello, fadder. Here I am at Camp Granada......

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